It can be tempting to eat foods that we like but that might not be that kind on our guts. If you like a nice curry then this is a great tummy-friendly alternative to the usual take away. You can make it ahead of time, as it's one of those curries that tastes even better the next day. Legumes such as lentils have some great health benefits but can be a troublesome food for sensitive tummies because they are naturallyhigh in oligos. The good news is that oligos dissolve in water and canned lentils tend to be lower in FODMAPs as some oligos ‘leach’ out into the canning water and are removed when they are drained and rinsed.
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500 ml (2 cups) diced pumpkin
4 cm piece of ginger
5 spring onions (green part only)
1 bunch fresh coriander
2 tbsp garlic infused oil
1 tsp mild curry powder
1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes
1 tin (400g) coconut milk
1tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp brown sugar (or maple syrup)
1 tin (400g) lentils
1 lime, juice of
Salt and pepper
pumpkin seeds for garnishing (optional)
Chop the pumpkin into dice size pieces.
Finely slice the chilli and the green part of the spring onion.
Cut the ginger into matchstick-size pieces and then gather them in a row. Slice in the opposite direction.
Chop up the coriander stalks and leave the leaves for later.
Pour the garlic infused oil into a large saucepan and place on a high heat. Add the ginger and red chilli, then reduce to a medium heat. Cook until golden, then add the curry powder, coriander stalks and spring onion and fry for 1 minute.
Add the turmeric, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, brown sugar and coconut milk. Bring to the boil, then add the pumpkin. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the lentils and let it simmer for another 20-30 minutes until it thickens. Stir occasionally and add some more water if it looks dry.
Stir in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle with some coriander leaves and serve with rice.